CRN Exclusive: SonicWall Hires Former VMware Exec As First Chief Security Officer

The appointment of Sandra Crosswell as CSO/CISO will help the security vendor expand its offerings with partners, including products and professional services, according to SonicWall.

SonicWall is expanding its executive lineup and security expertise with the appointment of former VMware executive Sandra Crosswell as the company's first chief security officer/chief information security officer.

Crosswell has a long background in information technology, including tech support, engineering, management and more. Most recently, she led the InfoSec Red Team at VMware as senior manager.

Crosswell officially started in the role, a new one for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company, in March.

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In an exclusive interview with CRN, Crosswell said she believes her technology background, project management and experience working with companies in M&A make her a good fit for the role. At SonicWall, which just spun out from former parent company Dell in November, Croswell said she aims to help build up the company's internal and external security strategy.

"I'm excited. I've been given the opportunity to build a greenfield security program, to build one from the ground up," Crosswell said. "You couple that with huge sales momentum, the ability to......


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